Lithuania is doubling the scope of training courses for Ukrainian soldiers, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday, LRT reports.

“Around 500 Ukrainian troops have already been trained during the courses organised by the Defence Ministry and the Lithuanian Armed Forces in 2022,” the ministry said in a statement.

“To strengthen Ukraine’s resilience as soon as possible, the training pace will be doubled, and the Lithuanian army will train some 1,500 Ukrainian troops, including 1,100 in Lithuania, in 2023,” it added.

According to Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas, Lithuania will continue to support Ukraine in every possible way and as much as needed “until the end of the war started by Russia”.

Lithuanian instructors have trained Ukrainian troops during 18 different courses this year, the ministry said.

Some of the training planned for 2023 in Lithuania will be part of the newly established Military Assistance Mission of the European Union to support Ukraine (EUMAM for Ukraine). A total of around 15,000 Ukrainian troops are set to be trained in the territories of EU member states.